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Sundown Music Festival TO

The RSU hosted the Sundown music festival yesterday, which featured acts like The Skins, Joey Bada$$ and Miguel.

The crowd had a night filled with good food, good music and great vibes. Here’s a recap:

by Shantia Cross· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
Erick DeLaurentis waved the flag high and proud to kick off the Invictus Games taking place in Toronto. Ryerson was the last stop on the tour before the flag was raised at city hall on Sept. 22. (Photo by Julie Faye Germansky)

PHOTO GALLERY: Invictus flag tour comes to the MAC

The Invictus Games first took place in London, England in 2014 as a demonstration of the strength of soldiers and veterans. Three years later, it’s Toronto’s turn to host the games. Over 500 competitors from 17 countries will compete between September 23-30.

by Julie Germansky· · News, On Campus, Sports, students
Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 2

Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 2

Ryersonian This Week is a news audio series produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca and from the Canadian University Press.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Audio, News, Podcasts
RyersonianTV: This Week for September 22, 2017

RyersonianTV: This Week for September 22, 2017

Ryersonian TV: This Week can be seen live on Facebook, Fridays at 2 p.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Science Literacy Week ends Sept. 23. 
(Photo by Sophie Armstrong)

Students experiment during Science Literacy Week

Robotics, gene testing, DNA extraction, ice cream prepared instantly with liquid nitrogen – those are a few of the interactive activities Ryerson offered during the countrywide event known as Science Literacy Week.

Science Literacy Week kicked off Tuesday at the Student Learning Centre and has showcased experiments and hands-on science activities from different fields of scientists.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus, Science & Technology
(Ryersonian file photo)

UPDATED: Digital counselling for students approved during RSU meeting

Ryerson students may be getting more services in their health and dental plan, if a new digital counselling service, myWellness, is approved.

Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president operations Ali Yousaf put forward a motion at the Sept. 21 Board of Directors (BoD) meeting. The motion proposes for the RSU to provide a digital counselling platform through myWellness for students suffering from mental illnesses.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Health, News, On Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 22, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 22, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Some of the food available for students at Ryerson’s Good Food Centre. 
(Photo by Emma King)

Post-secondary grads increasingly dependent on food banks: Daily Bread

Compared to recent years, more people with post-secondary degrees are using food banks.

The Daily Bread Food Bank released their annual “Who’s Hungry” report Monday indicating a 15.8 per cent increase in food bank visits since last year among people aged 18-30. The report also shows that 35 per cent of people who use the food bank have a post-secondary education. 

by Ryersonian Staff· · Food & Health, News, Off Campus
Ryerson men’s soccer team forfeits six games

Ryerson men’s soccer team forfeits six games

The Ryerson Rams men’s soccer team is forfeiting the first six games of the season after it was revealed that a player has been deemed ineligible to play.

A member of the team failed to meet the academic requirements to be considered an active member. The identity of the player is being withheld from the Ryersonian for privacy reasons.

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, On Campus, Soccer, Sports
City of Toronto employees prepare to evict homeless people situated on the sidewalk outside of Tim Hortons on Victoria St. (Photo by Julie Faye Germansky)

Homeless evicted outside of Tim Hortons

Several homeless people who had settled at the entrance of Victoria Street’s Tim Hortons were evicted Wednesday morning by the City of Toronto.

Homeless people have been congregating on the edge of the sidewalk in front of the Tim Hortons for years, said a longtime member of the Ryerson Security team. Recently, a tent was put up there, as well as a makeshift milk-crate platform bed.

by Julie Germansky· · News, On Campus
New TTC initiative to combat harassment

New TTC initiative to combat harassment

A new app and ad campaign from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) aims to deter harassment and offer increased support to victims.

SafeTTC, launched earlier this month, allows transit riders to report an incident to transit control, or call 911 if it’s an emergency. Users can send texts, photos or videos. The seriousness of the issue will be assessed and transit enforcement officers or police officers will be dispatched as needed.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 21, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 21, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Group of Canadian Olympians perform stunts in the Cadillac Fairview Toronto Eaton Centre to announce CF as the new home of Team Canada. (Photo by Kayla McLaughlin)

Eaton Centre to be new home of Team Canada

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and property developer Cadillac Fairview announced an 11-year partnership Sept. 20. Under the deal, the COC will move its Toronto headquarters to the office tower at Eaton Centre, which is a Cadillac Fairview property. The deal was announced at the Eaton Centre and featured a roster of Canadian Olympic athletes. In addition to the announcement, […]

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, Sports
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Go Global Expo fits the world into Kerr Hall

The Go Global Expo will bring a world of opportunities to Ryerson students at Kerr Hall West. Created by Verge Magazine, a publication that features and promotes various ways to study and work abroad, the expo brings in exhibitors from global volunteering and international exchange programs to speak and network with students. Now in its eighth year, the event aims […]

by Christine Chua· · News, On Campus
Leslie Melo was able to speak to her family in Mexico for a few minutes before phone service was cut off due to the earthquake. (Photo by Sophie Armstrong)

Mexico earthquake hits close to home at Ryerson

The impact of the deadly earthquake that struck Mexico City on Sept. 19 is being felt on Ryerson’s campus Leslie Melo, who works at Pancho’s Bakery churro stand at the intersection of Yonge and Gould streets, has family in Mexico City who have been impacted by the earthquake. Thankfully Melo’s family is safe, but after speaking with them for only […]

by Sophie Armstrong· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
A Ryerson student uses one of the re-usable bottles that were given away by the RSU. (taken by Ricardo Serrano)

DisOrientation week begins at Ryerson

DisOrientation, an initiative that promotes campus student groups that work on social and environmental issues, kicked off on Tuesday with a street fair. The week-long event is organized by the Ryerson Students’ Union’s equity and social justice committee. It will run until Sept. 21. An art workshop, activist panel discussion and comedy show are some of the activities that DisOrientation […]

by Ricardo Serrano· · News, On Campus
Beverly Petrovic says all proceeds from her fundraiser will go to the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health, where her son is being treated. (Photo by Evan Manning)

Ryerson student affairs co-ordinator throwing fundraiser for mental health awareness

After watching her son deal with mental health issues over the past year, Beverly Petrovic, student affairs co-ordinator for Ryerson’s school of journalism (RSJ), is hosting a fundraiser for those facing the same battle. The event called “A Night To Shed Light” will take place Oct. 14 at the Holiday Inn Downtown Toronto Centre, located at 30 Carlton St. The night will mark […]

by Evan Manning· · News, Off Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 20, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 20, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Co-founder of the Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network, Sarah Bukhari,  (Photo by Ricardo Serrano)

New Ryerson Muslim faculty group hosts Eid event as kickoff

Ryerson’s first-ever Muslim faculty group held their inaugural event on campus last week. The Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network was formed by Sakeena Mihar and Sarah Bukhari. They said they wanted to support and bring together fellow Muslim members of Ryerson’s faculty and staff. “Being a Muslim is a challenge,” said Mihar, who works as a web content strategist […]

by Devika Desai· · News, On Campus
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RSU trains staff to use naloxone after university decides not to

The RSU has equipped its equity service staff with naloxone kits after the Ryerson administration’s decision not to provide them to campus security personnel. Some equity staff have already been trained at the Sherbourne Health Centre to use the antidote for opiate overdoses. Others will undergo training soon, according to Camryn Harlick, the RSU’s vice-president of equity. “Ideally, we’re looking […]

by Aidan Macnab· · News, On Campus, students
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 19, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 19, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Evening rates for the Dundas Square Green P parking garage will go from eight dollars to nine dollars, said the Toronto Parking Authority. (Photo by Jessica Cheung)

Green P parking to raise hourly rates

By: Jessica Cheung  Parking at the popular Dundas Square Green P parking facility will cost you an extra loonie per hour following the adoption of a proposal by the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) Monday morning. The rate hike will go into effect in October. The proposal came early last week with a pitch to implement rate hikes on off-street parking […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
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Amazon bid could mean big things for Ryerson

Toronto is in the running to become the site for a second Amazon headquarters, and if the city wins the bid, it’ll mean big things for Ryerson University students. Amazon promises a US$5 billion construction investment to the winning city and as “many as 50,000 high-paying jobs,” the company said in a press release. 50,000 jobs and +$5B in investment – […]

Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 1

Ryersonian This Week Podcast Episode 1

Ryersonian This Week is a news audio series produced by senior students in the School of Journalism in Toronto. It features weekly news from ryersonian.ca and from the Canadian University Press.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Audio, News, Podcasts
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 18, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 18, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Naloxone kits are available at pharmacies across Toronto to anyone with a valid Ontario health
card. (Kayla Douglas/Linsey Raschkowan/Ryersonian)

VIDEO: Accessing naloxone is simpler than you’d think

Video was made by Linsey Raschkowan and Kayla Douglas     Picking up the antidote to a life-threatening illegal narcotic might seem like an intimidating task, but in reality, it’s as easy as picking up any other prescription in Ontario pharmacies. Accessing naloxone, the antidote used in fentanyl and other opioid-related overdoses, is more important than ever on a university […]

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, How to, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Videos
From left to right: Yazan Zafar, Daniel Carey and Deva Veylan won first prize at the Greater Toronto Emerging Green Professional Hackathon: Zero Carbon Retrofits. They now get a chance to present their proposal to the Toronto Catholic School Board. (Photo by Mansoor Tanweer)

Ryerson students win chance to convert elementary school to green tech

A team consisting of two Ryerson students and one from Carleton University has won the opportunity to help a Toronto school take a big leap into the future. Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Scarborough is looking for ways to retrofit its building in order to become a net zero-energy school. To achieve this goal, the elementary school turned […]

by Mansoor Tanweer· · Environment, News, On Campus
Mexican journalists often encounter persecution, harassment and espionage, Navarro said. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Targeted for reporting on the drug war: Mexican journalist speaks at Ryerson

By: Ricardo Serrano  Persecution, harassment and espionage. These are some of the things Mexican journalists encounter on the job.   Adela Navarro spoke at Ryerson University on Wednesday night and shared her experiences working as a journalist in Mexico, documented as one of the most dangerous places for the press. Just this year four journalists have died, according to Reporters […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, On Campus
RyersonianTV: This Week for September 15, 2017

RyersonianTV: This Week for September 15, 2017

Ryersonian TV: This Week can be seen live on Facebook, Fridays at 2 p.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Lindsay Smith· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Dean of FCAD Charles Falzon, Author Margaret Atwood, and founder and CEO of Audible Don Katz at the launch of Audible in Toronto. (Photo by Brendan Dellandrea)

Audiobook producer Audible partners with FCAD

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) has teamed up with Audible to create more opportunities for students. Audible announced its official launch in Canada and its partnership with Ryerson on Wednesday morning. “We’ve earmarked $12 million over the next three years to invest in Canadian writers and Canadian voices,” said Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible. According […]

by Joti Grewal· · News, On Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 15, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 15, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Lindsay Smith· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Ryerson introduces new platform to bolster your resumé  

Ryerson introduces new platform to bolster your resumé  

Third-year Ryerson student Musa Raveendran didn’t realize being an uncle would add value to his resumé. But with the help of Student Life’s new program “Level Up,” Raveendran said the program helped him recognize the valuable transferable skills, such as organization, time management and innovation, he’s developed through being an uncle. “Using these various forms of documentation, I was able […]

by Julie Germansky· · career, education, News, On Campus, students
Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose for up to 90 minutes. (Kayla Douglas/Linsey Raschkowan/Ryersonian)

No naloxone kits for campus security, residence leaders

By Alexis Perikleous and Victoria McMurchy Despite Toronto’s growing opioid crisis, neither Ryerson security nor residence officials have been given the easy-to-use antidote that could prevent overdose deaths. Kits containing that antidote – naloxone – are not being made available, according to university president Mohamed Lachemi. “Our staff is really trained to deal with emergency situations,” said Lachemi in an […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus, On Campus, Security, students
Views from the farm: Tour Ryerson’s rooftop garden

Views from the farm: Tour Ryerson’s rooftop garden

  Ryerson’s urban farm and environmental green roof is on a mission to grow food to feed the city. The Andrew and Valerie Pringle environmental green roof can be found on top of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. On any given day, you can find students and staff harvesting the garden while surrounded by the constant construction of […]

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 14, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 14, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Lindsay Smith· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
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UPDATED: RSU announces new festival, says sorry

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has announced the first festival of the year and it comes with an apology. Miguel, DJ Infinity and Jayemkayem were announced Wednesday morning as performers for the festival, named Sundown. They round out Joey Bada$$, The Skins, Sean Leon and The Sorority, who were among the first acts released on Monday at sundown, 7:36 p.m. The […]

by Simona Catalano· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 13, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 13, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
Students, faculty gather for RTA prof outside hospital

Students, faculty gather for RTA prof outside hospital

Students and faculty from Ryerson University gathered at Sunnybrook Hospital on Saturday to visit RTA professor Dana Lee. The popular professor, who is currently receiving medical treatment, is no longer able to teach at Ryerson. Supporters said they were pleasantly surprised when Lee came outside to speak with the group. Laura Dittmann, a former RTA student, was in attendance on […]

by Jacob Cappe· · News, Off Campus, On Campus, students
University will add plaque to Egerton Ryerson statue: Lachemi

University will add plaque to Egerton Ryerson statue: Lachemi

Ryerson University president Mohamed Lachemi says a plaque recognizing Indigenous people will be added to the controversial Egerton Ryerson statue. The campus statue has been the centre of controversy for years. Ryerson, the educator for whom the university is named, played a part in the establishment of the residential school system. Petitions have been created for the statue’s removal, but […]

by Josephine Mills· · News, On Campus, stability
Students who select all-gender housing can be placed in any of the three residences on campus, including Pitman Hall.
(Photo by Melissa Galevski)

Ryerson University makes the move to ‘all-gender’ housing

Ryerson University has changed the way campus residence rooms are assigned to include all gender identities. This is the first year incoming students had the opportunity to choose an all-gender housing option on their residence applications. This means that they could be paired with students of a different gender identity. Students were also not required to indicate their gender unless […]

by Melissa Galevski· · News, On Campus
Brampton expansion ‘exciting direction’ for Ryerson: Lachemi

Brampton expansion ‘exciting direction’ for Ryerson: Lachemi

Ryerson University president Mohamed Lachemi says plans to expand a campus to Brampton will mark a new and exciting direction for the school. Lachemi told the Ryersonian Monday that a proposal for a shared campus with Sheridan College is not just a way to deal with the space crunch that Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus faces. He said it also sets […]

Ryerson joins Toronto universities in U-Pass campaign

Ryerson joins Toronto universities in U-Pass campaign

For the first time in a decade, Toronto students are seeking a new post-secondary Metropass deal. Student unions at University of Toronto, Ryerson, OCAD University and George Brown College are campaigning for a transit “U-Pass,” which would be paid for in ancillary fees every semester. The pass, if implemented, would be cheaper than the current post-secondary Metropass that the TTC […]

by Iris Robin· · News, Off Campus, On Campus, students
Dropbike will be available to rent across from Pitman Hall and at the Student Campus Centre.
(Photo by Shantia Cross)

Dockless app-based bike sharing system launches on campus

There’s a new way for students to explore Toronto and get from the Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre to a Ted Rogers School of Management class on time: Dropbike. The Canadian bike rental start-up launched around 20 bikes at Ryerson on Labour Day weekend. “Students live a very active lifestyle,” said Dropbike business development and government affairs manager Emmett Meacher. “Dropbike […]

by Maggie Macintosh· · Cycling, News, On Campus, Ward 27
RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 12,  2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 12, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Newscasts, RyersonianTV, Videos
How to be cheap in Toronto

How to be cheap in Toronto

  Whether you live on- or off-campus, every student should try to find ways to save money while going to school. If you live on-campus, chances are you can cut the cost of your living expenses with a meal plan, the nearby campus store and having roommates willing to split the costs of household items. If you live off-campus, things […]

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 11, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 11, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

Your guide to navigating around Toronto’s latest closures

Your guide to navigating around Toronto’s latest closures

Dundas Subway Project The Dundas Street subway station is under construction and this may affect some Ryerson students’ commutes. The project will begin this Sunday, Sept. 10, and last until approximately mid-October, as the TTC installs new fare gates. The project means early closure for the station, 11 p.m. every night, with a full station closure the weekend of Sept. […]

by Kayla McLaughlin· · News, Off Campus
Pot to be sold online, in stores next July

Pot to be sold online, in stores next July

With legalization slated for July 2018, the Ontario government announced plans to sell cannabis online and in 40 stores. By 2020, there will be 150 stores across the province. The minimum age has been set at 19. “Our aim from the start has been to protect youth, promote health and road safety, focus on prevention and harm reduction, and eliminate […]

Metro began selling beer on Sept. 4. 
(Kayla Douglas/Ryersonian)

On-campus Metro now sells beer and cider

By: Maggie Macintosh and Victoria McMurchy Beer is a few steps closer to Pitman Hall. Metro now sells alcohol from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. “I think people will just get fucked up because it’s right beside us and Metro is open pretty late,” said bio-medical engineering student Binh […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Food, News, On Campus, students
Ryerson University has made a joint application with Sheridan to the province to open a satellite campus in Brampton, Ont.   (Ryersonian file photo)

Brampton approves new Ryerson-led campus

By: Spencer Turcotte, Kiki Cekota  and Emma King A new Ryerson-led campus in Brampton is a step closer to reality following a vote by city councillors Wednesday morning. Brampton has committed to invest $50 million over the course of 10 years towards the partnership between Ryerson and Sheridan College, along with $100 million for a joint-use community centre near the […]